ERIC Number: EJ1041522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 89
College Counseling Today: Contemporary Students and How Counseling Centers Meet Their Needs
Brunner, Jon L.; Wallace, David L.; Reymann, Linda S.; Sellers, Jes-James; McCabe, Adam G.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v28 n4 p257-324 2014
There is evidence that today's college and university students are struggling with emotional and behavioral health problems at higher rates than in past generations. This article explores the various ways, utilizing a range of models, that college and university counseling centers have mobilized to respond to these challenges. We examine literature about the characteristics and concerns of the current student generation along with what counseling centers are doing to respond to the challenge of student needs. We describe a survey (N = 408) of members of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and American College Counseling Association (ACCA) that elicited the kinds of services, functions, structures, and organizational relationships found in today's counseling centers. In addition to confirming the core mission of providing counseling and psychotherapy, the survey revealed widespread counseling center collaboration and consultation activities beyond the counseling room. The survey also indicated a variety of administrative and structural arrangements in the way counseling centers are placed on their individual campuses. Finally, we suggest a framework for planning, executing, and evaluating counseling center and campus initiatives.
Descriptors: College Students, Guidance Centers, Mental Health, Emotional Disturbances, Stress Management, Stress Variables, Student Surveys, School Surveys, National Surveys, Standards, Accreditation (Institutions), Academic Achievement, Counseling Services, Consultation Programs, Cooperation, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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